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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6, 2017. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19, 2017. 99 Replies

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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27, 2017. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

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10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26, 2017. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Chris on November 13, 2017 at 8:10pm

Sorry If I'm picking on you Randall Smith.

Was the oblective of xploring of China botany?

The tour you took sound inappropriate for you goals.  It sounds as though you took a tour of  "exploring eastern religions" 

I don't thing Asians are anti-religious in an European dominance way.  It's a different phylosophy.   Perhaps if you continue your studies you will find methods of botany that may enlighten you.

Sorry, If I'm making too many assumptions.

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 13, 2017 at 2:58pm


The middle pix of the shrine with a mannequin (?) or mummy (?), is that the 14th Dalai Lama?

Comment by Randall Smith on November 13, 2017 at 8:28am

Regarding the posted photos: The first is a "monk student" I met when I was roaming the streets of Beijing. Nice young man.

The last photo is in a Buddhist temple with a guide on the right (a modern Buddhist) and two curious native Tibetians wondering what the heck the guide was talking about. 

The middle photo is of just another alter. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 13, 2017 at 8:20am

Back to China and religion (sorry).

I'm not sure why Road Scholar deems it necessary to highlight religious places as prime tourist attractions. Despite China being "anti-religion", there are a lot of worshipers of the 3 main religions, especially Buddhism. We toured our fair share of temples and monasteries. Really, I was repulsed by the plethora of sites we attended and icons we "had to see". And there were great numbers of worshipers, especially in Lhasa. Of course, the Dalai Lama is banned there, but, if anything, that increases the devotion to him. Like Mecca, the masses come from all over to "pay homage" to their Buddha and exiled leader. (Hope I'm describing this properly.)

PS , Spud: those two students in my photo were from Xi'an, not Tibet. They were learning English (as do most students) and we got to "converse" with them--not easy!

Comment by Plinius on November 13, 2017 at 1:49am

Great music!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2017 at 12:42am

Chris, this music is lovely, and with so many musical instruments unfamiliar to me. Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Chris on November 12, 2017 at 10:31pm

I realize this is from Hong kong.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 12, 2017 at 9:28pm

Thanks for your first hand impressions of China, Randall.

Loren, thanks for the music moment.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2017 at 7:22pm

Randy, thank you, thank you, thank you! I enjoy your writing style and the information you share tickles so many of my memories. The photos do not look like the cities I was in, way more cars, far fewer rickshaws, bicycles some loaded with what looked like a ton of goods. The streets of my day were absolutely spotless, too. Women were out sweeping before the business traffic started. I was part of the first wave of U.S.visitors and everyone who saw me seemed startled and then smiled. Eye to eye contact occurred from Macau and Hong Kong in the south, Xian, the TerraCotta Army, Beijing, Guilin on the Li River, Shanghai, Beijing, and little towns that I do not know the name. 

Oh, my, thanks for the memories,  Randy 

Comment by Chris on November 12, 2017 at 6:42pm

Regarding the previous post about streeet food. I didn't get ill, or have digestive problems in China.   What I saw and think still occours for one is a lot of  copycat goods - for lack of a better term.   I was warned don't purchase film, or (regarding Suiseki)  rock formations. It wouldn't occure to me to purchase ancient "artifacts".

I heard that fake ancient artifacts are sold all over the world.


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